Wright holds off Fallston

C. M.

Patience in second half gives Mustangs 17-13 win

Girls lacrosse

May 05, 2000|By Bill Blewett | Bill Blewett,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Before C. Milton Wright's showdown with Fallston in girls lacrosse last night, Mustangs coach Paul Snyder reminded his players what it would take to win: "Get the draws, get the ground balls and be patiently aggressive."

The Mustangs dominated neither the draws nor ground balls, but their patient, aggressive play in the final 10 minutes paid off. The Mustangs staved off a second-half rally by the Cougars to win, 17-13, on their home field in Bel Air.

The victory clinched at least a share of the Harford County title for C. M. Wright, its third in a row. Both teams came into the game undefeated in county league play.

The Mustangs opened a 2-0 lead in the first five minutes on goals by Lauren Hess and Lauren Cramer, then stretched the margin to 8-5 by halftime.

Senior midfielder Tracie McClintic scored two goals off the draw during a 20-second span midway through the first half to revive the Mustangs' offense after Fallston drew even at 3-3.

McClintic scored three more in the second half for a game-high of six. Page Heath added four goals and had five assists for the Mustangs.

Fallston closed the gap at the start of the second half with two quick goals by Jessica Hammer and Regan Shifflett.

The momentum shifted firmly toward Fallston, however, with 17 minutes remaining on a goal by Liz Peregoy. The goal ignited a rally during which Fallston scored four times in a span of three minutes to tie it at 11-11.

"We weren't worried," McClintic said. "This was our last game [against Fallston], and we weren't going to lose it."

McClintic scored one of five unanswered goals, as the Mustangs roared ahead to a 16-11 lead with one minute remaining.

"Being down is not some alien thing to us," Snyder said. "We can play under pressure. The bottom line is we win because we've been in games where we've been shelled, where we've been under pressure.

"I thought our inability to score early in the game came back to haunt us in the end," he added. "We didn't take advantage of some good opportunities we had early."

Both teams have one league game remaining. C. M. Wright faces North Harford, and Fallston plays Bel Air next week.

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